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The U.S. Postal Service is currently in trouble — Delays and disruption in the postal service industry has become a big issue and the ones shouldering the brunt of the problems are our postal workers and mail carriers.

…We must remember that NONE OF THIS IS THEIR FAULT!!!

As we all know, the United States Postal Service (USPS) is an essential government service. They come to us most days of the week, which has made a huge difference in our daily lives, especially now during the coronavirus pandemic. The importance of people working in the United States Postal Service is many times underestimated and they are not given the credit they truly deserve.

Postal workers were asked to share ways that WE can help them during this difficult time. Below are some of the answers that were given:

Note: There is a policy about what gifts mail carriers can and cannot accept:

All postal employees can accept gifts up to $20 in value, but they cannot accept cash, checks, or gift cards that can be exchanged for cash. Additionally, they can’t accept more than $50 worth of gifts from a single customer in one calendar year. Keep this in mind when tipping and giving gifts to your local postal workers!

•Some expressed they loved when kids drew pictures for them or people wrote thank you notes.

•Some appreciated cold water bottles/drinks and snacks left for them, especially during the hot summer months.

ProFriendZoner reminds us that mail carriers don’t have air conditioning in their mail trucks.  A suggestion was made to gift your mail carrier a battery-powered mini fan or something else to keep them cool.

SkullGearMC reminds us to be friendly and understanding to all our postal workers. “Please be friendly and understanding if something is late or missing,” they write. “As of right now a lot of this stuff is out of our control. It’s coming straight down from up top and there isn’t a lot we can do about it ourselves.”

•Bigger mailboxes!

PrayforMojo88 says that if you live in a neighborhood with street parking, stop blocking the mailbox with your car when you park! Mail carriers can’t drive up to mailboxes in every neighborhood.

SetsukoSnow urges everyone to please wear pants when you answer the door! Apparently, straight-up naked dudes sign for their packages sometimes…

•Put numbers on your mailbox or your house (or both). Mail carriers aren’t psychic. They don’t just magically know your house number. Help them out, people.

Twinwood36 says the best thing we can do right now to help our postal workers it to write to our Congress members and urge them to see and treat the USPS as a public service, not a business, and to demand hazard pay for essential workers, which include all postal workers. “Fight the correct fight,” they wrote.